website, facebook or google+ pages. good evening, everyone. welcome to al-jazeera america. i am john seigenthaler in new york. the investigation, the latest on sunday's derailment in new york, tonight, we know just how fast the train was going. but was it human error? let's make a deal. a monday to remember. online shopping. americans are buying. what the post-holiday spending spree means for the economy. air amazon, geoff bezos is floating the idea. we will ask an expert if the drone delivery service is really coming to your doorstep. picture this: sweeping scenes and deeply personal moments. tonight, the most extraordinary images of the year.
>> there is much we do not know about yesterday's deadly train derailment but we know this. it was traveling at an extraordinary rated of speed, almost three times the limit as it approached a dangerous term. several cars jumped the track leaving the scene of devastation. four passengers were killed. scores injured. investigate orders are trying to figure out what went wrong and why. jonathan martin has the latest. >> reporter: the question remains now: was this caused by operator error or some sort of mechanical error on the brakes. we know from the ntsb, speed was a factor. >> that's something that was reported early on by passengers and witnesses. investigators with the national transportation safety board say
they now know the commuter train was going too fast as it approached a curve. >> the preliminary information -- let me emphasize this is preliminary information -- from the event recorders shows that the train was traveling at approximately 82 miles per hour as it went into a 30-mile-an-hour curve. >> investigate orders say it's too early to know if speeding was caused by operator or mechanical error, like an issue with the brakes. >> we don't know whether the brakes went to zero pressure because of a valve change or because of the train break-up. six seconds coming to a stop, the trolths had been at some power setting. emergency cruise worked in the morning, using cadaver dogs and divers. all of the passengers and crew members have been accounted for. with the wreckage cleared away, federal officials will continue interviewing crew members, reviewing surveillance video. many passengers and witnesses already reported seeing the train speeding right before it left the tracks.
>> going fast. as it hit the curve, it was flying. >> it was screaming, and people crying out to god and asking for their families. it was pretty gruesome. >> four people died. at least another 60 were injured. >> the other nine patients are still here. three have undergone surgery since yesterday. seven are in intensive care unit beds. >> the ntsb will be on site for seven to 10 dies. metro-north is likely to get the rail line running in the next couple of days. >> there is a lot of work for the ntsb. they will have to get the images enhanced and talk to the train conductor again and the two crew members to see what they may be able to figure out, to figure out what went wrong. i am jonathan martin, al jazeera, new york. now to the economy. a record day for online shop okay this cyber monday, some 131
million americans hit the web for deals. the return, impressive sales topping $2,000,000,000. >> that's encouraging news given the overall holiday sales declined. retail analyst david strausser told ali velshi's re"real money holiday discounts are likely to get bigger in the coming weeks. >> the history of the weekend is it's not always a great indicator of what will happen the rest of the season. this year is different. we are pretty laid in. it's a late thanksgiving, six fewer days between thanksgiving and christmas. there will be a lot of discounting going on. there is a lot of inventory that will get pushed out between now and christmas. >> what does this mean for the country's overall recovery? joining us to talk about cyber monday and its impact on the economy is financial expert phil wahba. >> thank you. >> what do you make of this? anything we can draw from these numbers? >> well, i think consistent with
what we saw in stores over the weekend. people want barg. today, the sales by all measures were good. ibm said they were up 18.8% for the day, which is astounding. but, you know, as we said, the sales over the weekend declined and i was out on long island on thursday at a wal-mart, and saw people going in for the door busters and coming out with basically that one item and it may be one or two. so shoppers are focused on saving money and that's going to continue all the way until christmas. so it's a bonanza today for online but it also shows how much people want bargains and are pinching pennies. >> i was in macy's earlier today and it was jam packed on cyber monday. it doesn't mean those people were buying. does it? >> they are buying if the price says low enough. >> that's sort of the the chal evening for the retailers is how low can you go and not compromise profit margins. >> how has cyber monday become
to the overall view of holiday sales? >> well, you know, cyber monday is part of the biggest weekend of the year. it sort of concludes with black friday. but what cyber monday does is that it gives retailers an extra bit of energy following the black friday weekend. and gives them, also, gives railers a it chance to see what kinds of deals are catching on with shoppers and what kind are n not. christmas eve is three weeks from tomorrow. nobody has any time to lose. retailers are going to keep up the steady stream of discounts all the way until the end because, you know? >>. >> do you see a day in the near future when the cyber monday sales are greater than what happens on black friday? >> that wouldn't be surprising at all. well, for one reason, black friday is coming diluted, more and more stores are opening on thanksgiving. the sales are starting on the monday before black friday.
but, you know, stores will remain important to retail and some people think that online will top out at 20% of overall retail sales and now it's about 10%. >> so, we shouldn't -- this shouldn't spell the death of bricks and mortar stores? >> no. and smart retailers know how to use their physical stores to complement their ecommerce so they work hand-in-hand so that the over all sales pie for those chains grows. >> all right, phil wahba, it's great to talk talk to you. thanks very much. >> thank you. now to what the white house hopes is it's new and improved healthcare website. it is underway with major fixes in place. there are only three weeks to go before the deadline to enroll. mike viqueira has more from washington. >> there is good news and there is bad news when it comes to the beleaguered healthcare website from october 1st to november 30th, a largely lost two months and now they say they have many of the problems fixed and not a moment too soon.
some statistics and metrics they have come out with. remember in october 1st of the, they said a total of six, six individuals were able to successfully log onto healthcare.gov and enroll for health insurance understand the affordable care act. the error rate was at 6%. >> that's considered to be enormous. now, as much november 30th, that was their target date, the end of november. they say the error rate is less than 1%. they say now up to 800,000 individuals can log on to the website in any given day. 50,000 at one time, still, many of the problems persist. first, there are questions about security. the data of enrollees, folks who log on to the website. some of their personal information, security on the website not what it should be. now, something else has emerged, something called a back-end problem, an 834 problem, two catch phrase that emerged in washington today. first of all, the back end being insurers. they get a form from the website from the government that's called an 834 form.
it tells the insurers exactly what kind of peopremiumpremiumsd of insurance, what kind of tax credits any individual enroll e is eligible for. the huge problem there, many of the insurers are not getting the correct information on their fo form. it was a big question today with the white house. spokesperson jay carney had this to say? >> we have instituted a number of significant fixes to the so-called 834 forms, which are these -- that's the vehicle by which information is transmitted to the issuers. and we believe that the majority of fixes to 8s 34 forms have been made, including significant ones made over the weekend. we expect the info now sent to insurers to be vastly improved but we are going to continue to work with issuers to make sure that whatever remaining problems persist afixed?
>> it is crunch time. three weeks until december 23rd if you are going to have insurance by january 1st, that is the beginning. the effective date of the affordable care act, obamacare, you have to enroll by december 23rdrd. if you are in the individual marketplace, if you don't get your insurance from an employer, you will have to log onto healthcare.gov. still experiencing a lot of problems, now, it's crunch time. back to you. >> mike viqueira at the white house. thanks. now to the ukraine. that country's leader is trying to ends days of government protests. thousands of people gathered on the streets of kiev today after president victori yanokovich rejected a packet with the eu and sided are russia. dozens of demonstrators over the weekend. the president said today that police acted excessively. barnaby phillips is in kiev with more on this situation. >> in the city center, it does
feel like a revolution is underway. the city hall has become a headquarters for protesters. all day, people came in. just have a look or enjoy the food and hot drinks or even to catch a nap. amidst all of this, a workman valiantly removes the carpet so that it won't get damaged in these extraordinary times. the problem for the opposition is: where do they go from here? how do they turn occupation into political victory? >> the way to resolve this crisis is through presidential and parliamentary elections. we have a resolution in the government of ukraine. this government should resign. >> pictures have emerged from sunday night that show the police were, at times, brutal in their treatment of protesters and journalists.
anton is a photographer, beaten by riot police. he pleaded with them to stop. these are his bruises. this is all that's left of his camera. the police were also on the receiving end. officials say 35 were hurt by protesters. some are in hospital. away from the city center, there are no protests, just the grim routine of life in a cold winter. this is where we met tatiana selling cabbage and very much in favor of political change. >> we were on our knees a long time. i am grateful for the protest orders. i want my children and grandchildren to have better lives. >> back in independence square, people are prepared for another long night. in speech after speech, they say ukraine is part of europe. >> there is no sign that protesters are prepared to leave independence square. so, the government has to make a decision whether to stay away in
the hope that things just eventually fizzle out or to send police into the square and remove these protesters by force. >> the crowds have blocked roads, put guards on the barricades. they control the center of kiev. but to togetherthrow the government, they will have to convince the rest of the country to follow them. barnaby phillips, al jazeera, kiev. to thailand now where deadly protests are growing. >> we are looking at live pictures of the demonstrations in bangkok. one of the opposition leaders has called on supporters to take over police headquarters. world leaders from the u.s. to members of the u.n. are calling for restraint. at least people are dead. hundreds of others have been injured. the country is divided between hundreds of thousands of people for and against thailand's current regime. scott hideler joins us live from bangkok. scott, what's the latest?
>> reporter: we are just outside a street that goes into the police headquarters, the metropolitan police headquarters. this is the focal point today. it's very interesting because this situation is evolving as we spe speak about an hour and a half ago, the police came out and spoke with the deputy governor of bangikok and they allowed th police to take away some of the barbed wire. some of the protesters helped with that. in the hour and a half since then, many more than protest orders have come. a few thousand have come. this will be the focal point for them. we know they are still negotiating inside. what's going to happen? they have said they are going to aallow protesters to cross this line. they haven't allowed that yet. the protest are not taking any chances. they have begun preparing for an onslaught of tear gas and water canon tainted with chemical-tainted water.
they are preparing for it. also, in just the last three minutes, a bulldozer has pulled up. this is something that the protesters have used in different locations throughout the last couple of days. they haven't used truck driver to confront the police right on, but it's more become a symbol. a big cheer when that drove up. it's right in front of the barricade right now. negotiating when and if and how these protesters will be allowed closer to the police headquarters. that's ongoing right now. >> scott hideler for us in bangkok. scott, thanks very much for the update. tonight, vice president biden is in japan where he is having meetings on the economy and security. his visit to asia will include stops in china and south korea. it's a tension time in the region, in part because of the disputed islands in the east china sea. china and japan say they own those islands. last month, china declared an expaneled defense zone. the u.s. recently feel two military planes through the zone without first notifying the chinese.
there must be something about the seahawk football going very well when it's going to snow in seattle because that's what we are getting right now. a little bit much snow working its way down south towards the seattle area not quite to the playing field yet, but that little bit of snow is not leaving a lot in the way of accumulation. but what it is a sign of: arctic air. it is blasting out of the tra frazier valley into the city of bellingham, the northern border of canada and right on washington/canada border. we will see the snow band gradually fall apart. the cold air will change the whole weather story for much of the west coast and moving into the mid atlantic gradually through the end of the week. right now, temperatures and a cold 27 for spokane, seattle has dropped down to 35 degrees. >> that's 11 degrees cooler now than it was at the same hour last night. other temperatures dropping 15
degrees cooler for spokane. the cold air not quite to salt lake city yet. the snow has been piling up. minnesota getting snow. crystal mountain. it has been coming down here. we have had a 24 hour total of 15 inches of snow. we are just adding to that. i will show you where snow will fall tomorrow in the lowlands. is it will pile up, too. details just ahead. john? >> rebecca, thank you. next up, this question: was it murder? police officers on trial in california accused of killing a homeless man plus training safety. the deadly accident and the new technology that could reduce the chance of disaster. on al jazeera america and join the conversation online @ajamstream.
>> this entire region is utterly devastated. >> people our here are struggling. >> the fire jumped the highway we took earlier. >> your average viewer want's to actually understand how the health care law is going to help them or hurt them. >> they know they can get extremist bickering somewhere else. >> people say that we're revolutionary. our revolution is just going back to doing the best in journalism. >> this is the place to go watch high quality journalism, period. >> two former police officers are now on trial for beating the -- the beating death of a mentally ill homeless man in
california. [screaming. >> the officers are facing charges from involuntary manslaughter to murder in the death of kelly thomas. two years ago, officers were seen on video punching and kicking the man at a bus depot. they say the man had been acting violently. another camera caught the reaction of witnesses nearby. >> all of this. >> what happened? >> i have no idea. i know what the guy did. they were pulling his hair, kicking the (bleep) out of him. >> really? >> yeah. >> in the video of the beating, kelly thomas can be heard screaming out for his father. ron thomas spoke with joey chin on "america tonight" about his son's last moments? >> he cried out "dad" 32 times for me to be there to help save him, and at 37 years old as he was dying, he just slowly said,
"daddy, they are killing me." i live with that every night. it just horrifies me that they took my son away. see, it doesn't matter that he was mentally ill to me. he was my son, and they brutally murdered me. >> let's bring in al jazeera's legal contributor jami floyd who has been following this indicates. after you watched the video and i know you have got more information on it. is this a really tough case for the defense? >> yes, john. it's a very, very tough case for the defense. i say that as a former criminal defense attorney in california. the video and your viewers can go and watch it and i don't generally do this, but in this case, i will. i suggest that viewers go and watch this video for themselves. it's not for children. it's not for anyone who can't handle a very, very tough video to watch. but it can be found on youtube and it's part of the public record because it was presented by the district attorney in
fullerton as part of a three-day preliminary hearing. the district attorney argued that these police officers, john, should be prosecuted. you just played a short -- and you could see a very emotional powerful clip but the actual videotape of the beating and the beating, itself, went on for a very, very long time. endless minutes as this man was beaten to death. he didn't die there. he died days later in the hospital. >> you say it's imports to watch. why? >> as the jury will have to determine, because, of course, these police officers are innocent until proved guilt, but you can hear him apologizing over and over again for not initially doing as officers asked, saying, i'm sorry. i'm sorry. and agreeing to then do as they asked. he does plead for his life. he does ask for his father, as you heard ron thomas say, and he is a small man. initially there was one officer,
then two, then six officers. and all of this can be seen so plainly on the videotape. it is reminencent of rodney king although race is not an issue in this case. and the technology has now made it very, very difficult for the rogue officers to hide from the eyes of their own law, from the eyes of a jury. >> so what case does the defense make? >> the defendants has two argumentses, one, that he was acting violently, irrationally, that they were within the bounds of the law, to answer your initial question, that they applied the rules and regulations as they had been taught and, secondly, the defense says that it wasn't officer actions that led to his death. they are making a causation argument, that, in fact, it was ne negative treatment, they say, by the medics and by the hospital that led ultimately to his death, not anything that happened at the beating. >> clearly, these situations can be very difficult for police
officers. i assume that's what the defense will make that case as well? >> yes. yes. it is true and we have to acknowledge, john, that we have increasing homelessness especially in this recession. we have fewer and fewer services for the mentally ill. we have an enter section between homelessness and mental illness and we call upon law enforcement to deal with issues that are really social services issues hands it and they are not trained to deal with those. we put them in stress of situations all the time. that does not excuse the kind of beating he received. >> you say california is most difficult in that situation? >> yes. yes. >> you have got a lot of homeless people in california. >> even when i was practicing law years ago, before i came to this business of journalism and legal analysis, many of my clients as a public defender were accused of crimes largely because they were mentally ill and homeless. the criminal justice system is
becoming a last-ditch effort to treat issues that are really issues of social services and mental health. >> jami, thanks for your insight. good to see you. in new hampshire a long prison term for a medical technician who knowingly infected dozens of his patients with his own hepatitis cvir u.s. david kwitkowski was sentenced to 39 years in prison. he admitted that he stole painkillers, swapped them for skinni syringes tainted with his blood. he bounced from job to job at more than 18 hospitals as a cardiac technologist since his arrest. 46 people have been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis c that he carries. well, it's a big day for some who say, "i do" in hawaii. a new law legalizing same-sex marriage took affect at midnight local time. hawaii has been wrangling with the issue of gay marriage for 20
years. it's the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage. illinois is on deck, a new marriage e quality law passed there and takes effect in six months. jessica taff is here with sports and a little controversy or a big controversy involving usc. >> they named their head coach steve sarkisian. their new coach, ed ogeron. he was calling it quits when he was passed over for sarkisian. the new job will be to turn around this program much like his role was when he took over the huskies in 2009. it was a task ogeron thought he would have had going 6 and 2 after lane teevan was fired. it may have cost the redskins their game against the giantsif it may have cost the redskins their game against the giants.
they failed to play. the ref signaled third but the change was to first. the redskins did not convert the next down on the next two tries effectively ending that game. meanwhile, as if the 5 and 12 nets don't have enough problems, now, they will be without swingman paul pierce for the next two to four weeks: a broken right hand. that means pierce will miss his first meeting when brooklyn hosts thebast celtics. i am jessica taff. >> we will talk to you a little later. thanks. next, out of control, sunday's deadly derailment and what it may say about america's rails. plus, drone delivery, amazon's promise for the future. will the it really happen? and a host willing to ask the tough questions and you'll get... the inside story ray suarez hosts inside story weekdays at 5pm et / 2pm pt only on al jazeera america
easiest he ecommerce day of the year the most important shopping day of the season? the obama administration promised an improved healthcare wen sight in november. reviews are mixed. some are having trouble signing up. insurers say they are not getting the information they need. live pictures from bangkok. protesters have wished through police barricades and made it to the prime minister's. it's the 10th day of demonstrations against the thai regime. at least three people died in protests. >> tonight, investigators say speed was a factor in sunday's deadly train derailment in new york. officials say the commuter train was traveling 82 miles an hour when it jumped the tracks. >> that's more than 50 miles an hour faster than it should have
been going. the accident killed four people and wounded dozens of others. we don't know if human error played a part in the crash. some experts say our trains rely far too much on people and that we already have the technology to prevent many deadly accidents. jake ward joins us from san francisco with more on that technology. jake? >> john, 40% of american freight and as many as 6 million passengers a year move by railroad. in spite of the fact that so much rests on this form of transportation, it's stuck in the 19th century when dit comes to safety technology. >> in july, a freight train with a load of oil de-railed until quebec. it killed at least 42 people and leveled more than 30 buildings in the town center. in this country, 75,000 car loads of breathable poison such as every day chlorine move over our tracks each year.
in 2008, a commuter and freight train crash in chatsworth california killed 24 people. it prompted congress to mandate a sold so-called system must be in place on the 70,000 miles that carry passengers or chemicals that are toxic to inhale. with two years to go, positive control is only seeing spotty implementation. >> in san francisco, it's m manually operated while the trains are above ground. that allows the human driver to make an adjustment if there is a double-parked car or a dog in the street. but once they are below grounds, a positive scroll system snaps into action. it can monitor the drivers, make sure they are not distracted or incapacitated and if they are, the system can automatically slow or stop these trains. >> could positive control helped prevent the new york derailment? possibly, it would add gps satellites, sensors on the tracks, centralized system and
remote control that could stop a train in like dangerous speeds. the system is difficult and expensive to implement and railroads have said they are not going to make their 2015 deadline. at the moment, trains operate much like they always have, via manual control and a system stem of radio communications. in the meantime, dangerous chemicals continue to move through major american cities baltimore and chicago see heavy train traffic. the gulf coast moves most of the country's chlorine. hazardous rail shipments as close as a mile to the white house and a mile through left-hand passes within half a mile of 30,000 people. >> the national transportation safety board has been pushing for the better part of 40 years for an automatic ant crane system and congressman dated it by 2015. the railroads must put one in
place. but at a cost of between 8 billion and as much as $22,000,000,000 to put one in place across the nation, railroads aren't jumping at the chance. metro north, the line on which the bronx crash took place is one of several commuter lines has told the federal government they do not believe they will make the deadline. >> yankees, thanks very much. now, to the future of detroit. the city is deep in debt. tomorrow, a federal judge is expected to announce if it is eligible for bankruptcy protection. if so, bill you don't know of dollars in pensions could be eliminated. one says losing his pension would be a decision between eating or taking medication. >>af four months of court hearings, a federal judge will rule whether detroit is eligible for chapter 9 bankruptcy. >> bankruptcy is a term that none of us ever wanted to get to this point. >> facing a staggering $18,000,000,000 in long-term debt.
the city apoints an emergency manager, kevyn orr made it clear that everything from the city's asse assets, like masterpieces at the detroit institfractured of arts to incurred debts like retiree pensions may be up for grabs. >> to me, that's robbery. >> donald's smith is one of some 20,000 retirees ang,ly awaiting the judge's decision. >> i am not asking them to give me anything but what i earned. >> smith worked nearly 30 years as a city detention officer. he is concerned his $800 pension check could be stripped away or reduced making hard times even worse. >> there are days i have to make up my mind whether i am going to eat or get some medicine. that shouldn't be. >> retirees believe that the pension funds which are 3 and a half billion dollars in the red are protected by the state
constitution. it's an argument they hope the federal judge will understand in his ruling. municipal bankruptcy expert doug bernstein: >> part of the problem is, whether it's the pensioners or any other creditors, the pot is only so big to go around. >> if if federal judge steven roads rules in favor of chapter 9 protection, the city's mounting debt and obligations owed to tens of thousands of creditors would be dramatically reduced. if he rules against bankruptcy? >> we are going back to square one and chaos with a variety of lawsuits. you are going to see different creditors potentially trying to grab whatever they can get in order to satisfy debts owed to them. >> if declared bankrupt, the city of detroit will have until march to submit its reorganization plan to the judge. that will likely set the stage for the next phase of legal battles between the city and its creditors who are expected to appeal. bisi onileri, detroit.
with a story getting attention, amazon's plan to have drones deliver packages to your door. >> that's the promise. what's the reality? maria esperei has more. >> it may look like sciencefication but amazon package delivers via drones could be five years away. it came hours before the start of cyber monday. dominoes brought up an idea over the summer but gave no education it wanted to deliver via drones. amazon, however, says its serious about its aspirations. this tech writer believes them. >> amazon doesn't do things in small ways. if they are going to deploy this, they want to do it on a wide scale. so presuming technology advances as it has at am zon and the f.a.a. gets its act together, i
don't see how this doesn't become very large in about five years. >> here is how it would work. an order is boxed in a nearby warehouse, attached to the drone and off it goes to the delivery address. the device currently allows up to 5 pounds of weight. just one of the technical issues that would have to be addressed according to this law in rob on theics expert? >> how do we make them safe and make sure they are not going to fall out of the sky and run into something? provided those get ironed out, privacy concerns will crop up. >> it should have a privacy plan that's really rigorous. in other words, that you have to articulate to the federal aviation administration, how it intends to did be what data it will collect, what it will store in the sort of usual concern. >> folks took to twitter to comment on the drone delivery plan. many of them making light of it. >> ken priest writes, "sorry, first amazon drone that hits my doorstep will find its way into my garage for dissembly and repurposing into my own drone.
then there is a par ody twitter address for amazon drone. it says amazon drones won't leave those yellow notes on your door. we are programmed to catapult your order into the window. somebody put up one of these yellow notes that they put on twitter that says, "droning expected to join machines in defecting against mankind. >> they would have to comply with faa rules. they won't be complete until 2015 as mandated by congress. until then, don't expect a package on your porch coming from the sky. >> so, are delivery drones the future? joining me is mark heynan for skycatch a commercial drone manufacturer mark, welcome. >> thank you very much for having me. >> what about these problems that we are sort -- that were sort of laid out in that story? real? they are definitely real.
i think it's fitting amazon is getting into this. they are serious about this. i think i agree with the other folks on the segment that this is go can to be a reality in the next five years. there are a lot of issues. the biggest is the faa. the regulatory environment does not enable what's being portrayed in the video, specifically flying over other people's property and dropping off on other people's property, that's not allowed. there are logistical concerns. how do you actually ensure the physical security of the people actually receiving the packages? the video shows one-person getting out of the sliding door and the kid is right behind him. why if the kid went out and actually got that package and got hit by the drone, who would be at fault? there are a lot of those issues to sort out. those are the kind of things that we are actually encounter can every day while we are talking to folks who want to deploy uavs commercially. >> one of the questions i have is what about weather? >> weather is a major factor for uavs. the uav pictured in the video is
not actually ruggedized or weather-proved. at skycatch, we are being a number of uavs that can deal with wind, rain, you know, even very difficult conditions such as snow. typically, our uavs can operate with 45-mile-an-hour wind and deal with moisture. >> that's something going to be an issue for anyone wanting to play at this scale. >> drones are being used in the entertainment industry. i know a lot of movie producers who use them as well. when does it become an faa concern? >> so, drone becomes a concern as soon as its flying above 400 feet or if it's flying on other people's property. right now, most of the people deploying drones are doing so understand what's called a hobbyist exemption flying on their land and under 400 feet for their private use. >> that's something that is now allowed under the f.a.a. regulations. by 2015, the f.a.a. is required to come out with regulations for
commercial use and so, you know, most of the drone delivery models out there would actually require new faa regulations. >> of course, the u.s. has been using drones in many places including pakistan, after began stan, to attack suspected tear rifrts. what about people in the united states using drones? >> i think there is definitely a lot of association between drones and terrorism because much military use. i think domestic and commercial use of drones are a whole different ball game. these are very different flying row boots. they are quite small. clearly not mil tarized, not weap weaponized. there are some concerns that have been voice about people hacking into the drones and being able to take control of them. >> that's something that increption technologies can take care of. i would sal that that's actually lower on the list of concerns. higher on the list would be the physical safety of the people around the drones, making sure these drones get to their mission and get to their actual destination with the right
battery life and also questions around what if someone wants a package delivered in more than a 10 mile radius? >> where i think there needs to be other infra structures put in place. >> it's a fascinating discussion and an interesting one. we appreciate you coming to join us tonight. thanks very much. >> thanks for having me. >> next, protest at sea, palestinians say an israeli blockade is taking away their livelihoods. starting over, the usc trojans reach back to the post to find their new football coach.
determining using some sort of subjective interpretation of their policy as to whether or not your particular report was actually abusive, because if it doesn't contain language that specifically threatens you directly or is targeted towards you specifically, they may not consider it abuse. they may consider it offensive. and in that case they just recommend that you block that person. >> i don't want to minimise this, because i mean, there's some really horrible things that are on line, and it's not - it's not just twitter, what has happened through social media and the anonymity of the net is that you see websites, hate-filled websites targetting all sorts of groups, popping up. there has been a huge number of those that exist as well.
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israel's restrictions on fishing in the mediterranean sea. israel has imposed a blockade for what it says are security reasons. the israeli government says i am ports are monitored to prevent dangerous materials from entering the territory. gaza fishermen say it hurts the local disney. mick schifrin has more. >> for six years,itsis has controlled these seize. today, activists wanted to take them back. palestinians living in gaza kale sail more than six miles from their cost. israel warships block everything coming in and going out. gazans say that strangled their economy. fishermen and activists head straight for the israeli ships. they are aware of the risks. israel has arrested and attacked fisherman for sailing more than six miles out. >> we are just armed with
international law. we can say this is our sea. this is our land. this is our sky. you shouldn't be here. >> these activist knows israel any stop or attack them. with two-thirds of the people in gaza living on less than $2 a day, these people feel like they have nothing to lose. >> for israel, it's about security. militants have fired rockets from gaza into israel. israel says to prevent that, it must block imports like cement that have been used in attacks. for palestinians, this is about yourt their lively. where raw sewage sometimes runs through the streets, power cuts are more than 12 hours a day. gazans say the blockade increases their suffering. >> unemployment in gaza is over 40%. there is a saying here in each back of cement, there are more than 45 jobs. the blockade has meant construction projects ground to a halt. that made economic conditions here more miserable. >> mohammed aedlawani and his 7
children are owed a new house. his was bulldozed by the israeli in 2004. he is a no, ma'mad without a permanent home. >> because of this, he says, my children are failing out of school. >> i initially thought i would stay for a week, then a few weeks. and three weeks later, here i am. >> american joe cartin has seen them struggle up close. >> under these circumstances, i don't think there is very much anyone can reasonably be expected to do other than resist. >> if conditions continue to get worse, the anger could erupt. >> it's accumulating. it is a very destructive element and we are afraid that we are at the age of, you know, a new round of violence. >> in the end, the fishermen decided not to risk the warships. they stopped about a half mile short but they promised to keep challenging the blockade because
they say they can't go on living like this. nick schifrin, al jazeera, gaza. jessica is here with sports. it's late in the season. every game is important in the n.f.l. >> here is what we are learning, offic80ing is going to have to step up. last night, we saw a refereeing error that possibly changed the outcome of the giants-redskins game. on a critical second, rgiii's pass may have been a five yarder. jeff triplin called the chain gang out to measure. it caused the skins to call a play they wouldn't have done, that they wouldn't have. the lealing is expecting to demote the crew for the obvious error and on thursday night, there was another missed call and we are going to show this one here it happens to be from the stealers-ravens win. we will go on to this.
it was a situation where we had coach mike tomlin actually there it is. mike tomlin was on the field of play when baltimore's jacoby jones was returning a kick and could have taken it into the touchdown but tomlin was in the field of play. the league said it has yet to set down its penalty for that play, but the fine is supposed to be stiff on that and expecting they could move a draft pick in there. staying in the n.f.l., bronc owes reassured themselves of a top spot and anita marks told me how important it is that the broncos are back at the top of the heap. >> not only do they stamp their ticket but really i truly believe the road to the bowl will have to go through mile-high den remembver. we saw peyton manning play in denver. he has been remarkable. he wants to home feel advantage throughout the playoffs.
by beating kansas city twice and continuing to win, one touch match against tennessee. they are pretty good. coach back this week. john fox is healthy, dealing with a heart issue. he will be back on the sideline with the deposit ver broncos. >> that's good news for them. >> it is important, john fox is back with the team. fox missing the last four games after having heart surgery on november fourths through an aorderedic valve. they are happy to have him on the sidelines. fox met with the media to talk about his condition and his team. xwoob doing great. happy to be back. i told the team thursday, you know, there is a lot to be thankful for, great fans, great organization. really, everybody in this building did a tremendous job. any kind of business, you have a success plan, and our guys snap into it and did a tremendous job
from jack del rio, all of the players, all of the staff, you know, they went about it as business as usual and great job and tough third quarter of our season finishing 3 ain 1. it's a tribute to all of the hard work that went on this building and i am proud and excited about moving forward. >> one coach in, another out at usc. they named steve sarkisian their new head coach. a decision that called interim head coach, ed ogeron to quit. sarkisian went 34 and 29 if five seasons with the huskies and is credited with turning around the school's program. it's returns home of sorts. sarkisian was an assistant for seven years with the trojans. as for ogeron, he got piassed over. cove o 6 and 2 after taking over for lane kiffin fired in september. i spoke with graham watson of yahoo sports earlier today about the reaction out west.
>> i think people are in shock. i don't think steve sarkisian was the splashy hire everybody was expecting usc to make. his 3 for and 29, his five years at washington and, you know, he has tried to bring washington up to elite status. he inherited a program that was 0 and 12. and up until this year, they hadn hadn't won more than seven games. now you bring him into usc, a national powerhouse program, traditionally powerhouse program and you expect him to turn that program around and make it elite. i think we are all kind of scratching our heads thinking, you know, why this guy? and, of course, his ties to the school. he was there for seven years as an offensive coordinator. he coached two heisman trophy winners there. that definitely played into this but in terms of success, i think people are a little just like, hum, okay. steve sarkisian. >> matt liner tweed he thought it was a good pick. >> just finished up, drew brees
saints hoping to take and vantage. a big game with play-off implications. to seattle, they go. quarterback russell wilson just waiting in the wings as the defense got the team on the board first. they forced brees to fumble and michael bennett is there to scoop it up, off to the races. a 22-yard fumble return for touchdown and dance moves to boot. how about that? giving wilson a head start. taking care of the rest. zac miller with the twitchdown there. it was 17-nothing. they were done. i will withson later on fikes a hand-off, rolls right, muscles it to a wide-open doug bolden for the longested 4-yard touchdown i have ever seen. wilson could do no wrong. check this out. pass intended for kellen davis dereflected off of his hands. look where it ends up, into the hands of his teammate. derek hollmann.
blood pressure and right into the end zone for the touchdown. yes, that kind of night. seattle marching over the saints. they have the inside track and home field advantage in the playoffs. you know you are having a good night even when you have a missed spot they end up scoring. >> amazing. jessica, thanks very much. rebecca has the weather after this plus snapshot, the photos of the year are out and we will bring you some of these en credible images in a moment.
>> reuters has selected its best photos of 2013. among them, this photo of pope francis trying to grab a hand kerr chive tossed his way with the audience with the faithful in saint peter's square. this from arlington national cemetery, the young man lies down in fronts of the grave of her brother, army staff sergeants ryan koyer. we will bring you many more of these amazing photographs on friday night, on this broadcast.
>> cold, arctic air. it's here, hit western washington. wind gusts up to 50 miles an hour for bellingham to the north, just blustery and cold as it pushes the air in the west side of the cascades. also, over into idaho, montana, north dakota. all of which are going to get a good hit of snow and gusty winds will stay with that cold air until it works its way all the way south. in fact, we are seeing the winds pick up a little bit, too, as we get farther south into they have at a, utah, wyoming. wyoming, one of the mountain sites just reported sixty mile per hour wind gusts we will see that through the evening. temperatures right now in canada, you could see well below zero. 12 degrees for edmonton, this is the cold air that's coming right down into the u.s. the cold air we are getting now for places around spokane over to billings, 25 now for
billings. seattle, you have dropped. we are going to continue to see the temperatures fall. san francisco, 65 feels good now but it's going to be dropping even farther tomorrow and the next day. snow is going to be heaviest. parts of the wedge mountains also into the colorado rockies. we will see the snow stretch all the way over into northern wing and michigan not only a little bit of snow right now but continuing off and on through the night. wind gusts, they showing us san francisco 33. most of our most powerful winds in the higher elevations. but the wind chills, weather below zero. some spots were concerned about getting 45 degrees below zero. wind chill factors around north dakota tomorrow, all of this snow to pile up in the mountains, up to two feet expected to be measured as we get to the day, we will start out quite cold.
welcome to al jazeera. i am john seigenthaler in new york. here are the top stories: extreme speed was at least one factor in sunday's deadly train crash in new york. authorities say the passenger train took a curve at 82 miles per hour, nearly three times the speed limit when it de-railed. four people died and dozens more were injured. >> bangkok police have taken down barriers and barbed wire around their headquarters and are allowing anti-government protest orders into the government building. thai officials are trying to avoid any further violence. at least three people have been killed and 2